Janine E. van Loon

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BACKGROUND Large population studies have revealed that increased von Willebrand Factor (VWF) levels are associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke. In previous studies VWF was associated with atherosclerosis in healthy individuals. However, it is yet unknown what the association is between atherosclerosis and VWF levels in patients with ischemic(More)
It is well established that high plasma von Willebrand factor (VWF) levels are associated with an increased risk of arterial thrombosis, including myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke. As plasma VWF levels are, to a large extent, genetically determined, numerous association studies have been performed to assess the effect of genetic variability in the(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated von Willebrand factor (VWF) plasma levels are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. A meta-analysis of genomewide association studies on VWF identified novel candidate genes, that is, syntaxin-binding protein 5 (STXBP5) and syntaxin 2 (STX2), which are possibly involved in the secretion of VWF. We investigated(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the survival and prognostic implications of cardiovascular, inflammatory and prothrombotic risk factors in young patients with premature coronary heart disease (CHD). METHODS Follow-up data were obtained from 353 young patients with a first cardiac event (men ≤45 years and women ≤55 years). Baseline characteristics on traditional(More)
BACKGROUND High von Willebrand factor (VWF) levels are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). However, it remains unclear whether VWF is causally related to the occurrence of CHD or primarily mirrors endothelial dysfunction, which predisposes to atherosclerosis and subsequent CHD. OBJECTIVES Because VWF is largely determined by(More)
Compound ALX-0081 is a bivalent humanised Nanobody® that binds the A1-domain of von Willebrand factor (VWF) with high affinity. Consequently, it can block the interaction between VWF and its platelet-receptor-glycoprotein Ib, which leads inevitably to formation of arterial thrombi. It was the objective of this study to assess the in vitro effects of(More)
BACKGROUND Physical stress triggers the endothelium to release von Willebrand Factor (VWF) from the Weibel Palade bodies. Since VWF is a risk factor for arterial thrombosis, it is of great interest to discover determinants of VWF response to physical stress. We aimed to determine the main mediators of the VWF increase by exhaustive physical exercise. (More)
Low von Willebrand factor (VWF) levels are associated with bleeding symptoms and are a diagnostic criterion for von Willebrand disease, the most common inherited bleeding disorder. To date, it is unclear which genetic loci are associated with reduced VWF levels. Therefore, we conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies to identify genetic(More)
BACKGROUND In type 1 von Willebrand Disease (VWD) patients, von Willebrand Factor (VWF) levels and bleeding symptoms are highly variable. Recently, the association between genetic variations in STXBP5 and STX2 with VWF levels has been discovered in the general population. We assessed the relationship between genetic variations in STXBP5 and STX2, VWF(More)
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